She stated, "I felt bad for everybody else but me. It was a good thing, because I could do what I had to do, because I wanted to sing. I was singing about being attracted to the opposite sex, but I had no experience behind it. A premature effort at best, that seems based on the philosophy 'If Aaliyah can do it, why can't I?
Gary Gray film Set It Off. Appearing alongside William Allen Young and Sheryl Lee Ralph , she played the title role of Moesha Mitchell , a Los Angeles girl coping with a stepmother as well as the pressures and demands of becoming an adult. Norwood co-wrote and produced six songs on the album which yielded her first number-one song on the U.
Billboard Hot , " The Boy Is Mine ", a duet with singer Monica that has become the most successful song by a female duo in the music industry. The album's success was equally widespread, and after extensive radio play of the single overseas, the label released it globally during the summer.
Never Say Never eventually became Norwood's biggest-selling album, selling over 16 million copies worldwide. Blige —it's adult contemporary with a slight streetwise edge. A Tribute to Phil Collins. Its lead single " What About Us? Special Delivery; the show documented the final months of Norwood's pregnancy with her daughter Sy'rai. Afrodisiac, America's Got Talent and Human[ edit ] Norwood performing in a concert in July Returning from yet another hiatus, Norwood's fourth album Afrodisiac was released in June , amid the well-publicized termination of her short-lived business relationship with entertainment manager Benny Medina.
Released without any promotional single, it reached the top 30 in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, where the collection was appreciated by contemporary critics who noted the creativity of Norwood's back catalogue.
The broadcast was one of the most-watched programs of the summer, and concluded on August 17, with the win of year-old singer Bianca Ryan. Norwood was originally slated to return for a second season in summer , but eventually decided not to, feeling that she "couldn't give the new season the attention and commitment it deserved," following the fatal car accident in which she was involved. Billboard with opening week sales of 73, copies.
A Family Business along with their parents. She ultimately placed fourth in the competition, which was a shock to the judges, viewers, studio audience, and other contestants that considered her one of the show's frontrunners throughout the entire competition. It followed a group of young performers age 10—16 and their chance to be mentored by some established artists such as Norwood, Ryan Tedder and Leona Lewis. Williams in Tyler Perry 's drama Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.
The film received generally negative reviews from critics but became a moderate US box office success. Broadway, Zoe Ever After, and upcoming seventh studio album[ edit ] After finishing the filming of the final season of The Game, Norwood made her Broadway debut in the musical Chicago , in which she played the lead role of Roxie Hart , beginning in April Her stripped-down nine-minute song medley was met with overwhelming praise.
The short film featured a snippet of the song "Edible High", a duet with brother Ray J from his upcoming studio album. Personal life[ edit ] Norwood attended Hollywood High School, but studied with a private tutor beginning in 10th grade.
The couple kept their relationship secret until February , when Norwood announced that she was expecting her first child. Special Delivery —Norwood and Smith separated.
The couple soon became engaged in July but Norwood eventually ended their month engagement in October Aboudihaj died from her injuries at the L. Holy Cross Hospital the following day.
Her vehicle then collided with the rear of Aboudihaj's, causing the Toyota to strike another vehicle before sliding sideways and impacting the center divider. As the Toyota came to a stop, it was hit by yet another vehicle. The sudden stop caused Norwood to hit Aboudihaj's car. You know, I still don't understand all of it and why all of it happened, but I definitely have a heart, and my heart goes out to everyone involved.
I pray about it every single day, and that's all I can really say on the subject. Filed on January 30, ,  the lawsuit was initially set to go to trial in April ,  but was eventually canceled as Norwood had settled out of court with Aboudihaj's parents.
County Superior Court on June 2, Her voice has often been described as soft, raspy, and husky by music critics and Norwood herself. He further describes her vocal quality, saying, "Like little else in pop-music singing, Brandy's subtle manipulation of timbre and texture rewards close listening. Terry Sawyer of PopMatters writes on this skill, remarking, "While it's been said that Brandy's voice isn't exactly a barn burner, it's not mentioned enough that she does more than enough with what she's got.
She never leaves her voice hanging in spotlit scarcity, folding its variegated terracing, whispering out the lead track, shouting in the back-up, and piling each song with enough interlocking sounds to create the tightly packed illusion of vocal massiveness. She calls her use of it "voice layering", as demonstrated in this recording.
The album, a collaboration with producers Timbaland and Kanye West , utilized the distinctive illbient aesthetic, which fuses ambient pop , dub , and breakbeat soundscapes with progressive sampling methods. Since the start of her career, Brandy has named Whitney Houston as her most prominent music and entertainment influence. I wanted to be like her, sing like her, and do everything she was doing. About her dad, Brandy states: He bought me my first 4-track tape recorder. List of awards and nominations received by Brandy Since her debut album, Norwood has sold over 40 million records worldwide.
Additionally, on many occasions, Norwood has been thought of as a talented artist that music producers and songwriters have used to enhance their own artistic and creative energies. I was extremely impressed with it and I always try to outdo that album". Slade spoke of the album, commenting Full Moon single-handedly changed the vocal game.
Arie often cites the album, particularly the song "He Is" as being the template for a wide array of singers. Brandy really influenced a lot of that. Frank Ocean will say it. Miguel will say it. I listened to [Afrodisiac] every day [while in the studio]. Norwood was the first African American to play the role of Cinderella.